Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 1 February 1819

George Town Coc 1t feby 1819

Dear Sir—

This morning the Honble Rufus King of the Senate called on me to make inquiry into the particulars of the late Genl K– Affairs—having learnt of my Agency thro you Dr Sir I answered him—namely—to what was generally known. viz: that the good Genl K– had previous—to his leaving this Country. left you his sole Executor by his will—to which the late John Dawson—then a Member of Congress and my self were Witnesses—and that the Contents thereof were in trust to you for Charitable purposes—at your dicretion—to all which he had previously been informed—at length Mr King informed me—the Cause of his inquiries—was at the particular request of Genl John Armstrong—who—while in France—had a Son Named after the Genl—and to whom he the Genl K– had made in a 2d will a bequeth—but to what Amot Mr King—did not say.—

as I had a slight Knowledge of Mr King—previous to his Mariage with Miss Alsop. whose father Mr John Alsop I was well acquainted—and at whose request Mr King—when appointed Minister to England was desired to tender his Mr Alsops. respects to me—at his departure from Philada—of which I now reminded him—Mr King insisted on my calling on him—at his Lodgings—Crawfords Hotell—of this opportunity. I shall avail myself—and thereby probably may learn more particulars respecting this said—unexpected—(improbable Claim) of Genl Armstrngs son—I added—from the Knowledge I had of the Correct Character the pure—Sincere & Honorable intentions & delicate Motives of the good General at all events—if such an Alteration of the former Will—had taken place—I had not the smalest doubt. but that the good Genl K had—at the same time, transmitted correct information to Mr Jefferson of the fact, for his Mr Jefferson Government, of course Genl Armstrong should—or Ought. to make his Communications direct to Mr Jefferson on so delicate & particular a subject—meanwhile I shall endeavor to learn & advise you—and if any directions from you for my future Governt Se:—

most Respectfully—I am Dr Sir Your Obed. Servt

John Barnes.

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